King Estate is a beautiful winery located between Eugene and Lorane, along Territorial Highway. The barrel room at King Estate is a great place for newlyweds to create a lasting, memorable photo session. The room is quite dark but I was able to position my lights behind some of the columns and out of the way. Once I’ve got this accomplished, I always tell the bride and groom that I’m ‘just metering’ for a bit and I ask them to do whatever comes naturally while I take a few ‘test shots.’ What I don’t tell them until later is that my lighting has already been fine-tuned and that all those ‘test shots’ are real. This allows me to create candid moments that have the lighting and background that I’ve chosen for optimal images:)
Not many couples know about the woods and the pond at King Estate but it’s a wonderful location for photographs. The dappled light coming through was a nice complement to Julie’s dress. I did a little sepia tint in Lightroom and that’s about it.
There are many reasons to have your wedding at King Estate Vineyards, not the least of which is their great wine! Every couple I’ve worked with at King Estate has taken full advantage of not just the vineyard itself but also of the varietals it produces. My favorite is the King Estate 2006 Domaine Pinot Noir. The Domaine name simply means that 100% of the grapes used in that particular vintage came from King Estate.
These guys were toasting the groom (the fellow on the far right) and his excellent choice of wine, bride and venue …not in that particular order, of course!
I exposed for the sky in this image because I wanted the clouds to stand out. If I’d just used an average meter reading the sky would’ve been blown out. Exposing for the sky also meant that the guys’ tuxedos would remain black and not gray. A little on-camera fill flash evened out some of the shadows and gave life to the foreground.
While you can see more of my King Estate weddings near the end of this page, I thought I’d post some photos from a wedding I shot there just recently. Shannon & Bryce were open to using the entire venue and I was glad they did!